The 7 Stages of Understanding

My first thoughts as I wandered the aisles of the grocery store were simple and innocent enough. “I haven’t made a dessert in awhile” “A cookie sounds amazing” “I wonder what I can find on the baking aisle…”


The pressure I feel is almost comical. I am probably considered one of the foremost “health nuts” in my small little community. I don’t eat sugar, processed foods, fruit, grains, starch of any kind and I turn my nose up at many of the artificial sweeteners that are commonly used, such as: Splenda, Equal, Sweet N Low, Malitol, and Xylitol (and this is by no means an exhaustive list). BUT MAN, I want something sweet!… But no sugar, no starch and definitely no fake food….and people watching me will expect nothing less than that.


…See what I mean about pressure?


So, I find myself on the baking aisle. I already know what I will find. But there is a new addition to the shelf. Pyure, an organic stevia blend meant for baking. Stevia is a sweetener I really have no qualm with. If you get it in the proper form (liquid extract that you typically only find at health stores) you have your hands on one of the most natural ways to sweeten foods, only behind buying a stevia plant and dipping the leaves into your tea (which you can totally do if you happen to not be a plant mass murderer like mua). Promising to not impact blood sugar or insulin, Pyure and Swerve are quickly becoming the most popular alternative sweetener to regular sugar.

And with claims like that I am intrigued but skeptical,
The mental argument that ensued should be added to the local TV stations daytime soap opera.


“No… if it sounds too good to be true, it is” -Good Angel
“You should buy it and try it and I bet you’ll like it” -Bad Angel


Bad angel won.


The ideas for everything I could do with it ran wild. I made cookies, no bakes, barks, brownies, pies, whipping cream  (all LC, no added sugar, GF, LCHF).


I am pretty sure I was out of the bag in less than 2 days and I found myself braving Wal-Mart again just to get more.


Whoa… what happened here?


This pattern ensued for a little while longer before something dawned on me.

One little trigger for a “little treat” had turned into a insatiable appetite for a little something to eat, a little sweet treat. Just a “little”.

My appetite hadn’t been this high for sweets in many many moons.

And that was the start of what I am going to call the The 7 stages of understanding (much like the seven stages of grief).

  1. Appalled
  2. Angry
  3. Depressed
  4. Acceptance
  5. Education
  6. Resilience
  7. Enlightenment


I went from being aghast with my actions , to angry that I had let myself continue, then sad that I did it, to accepting I did, correcting the actions through education, then overcoming all of the negative to end with some peace.


…all over a little bag of sweetener.


If you could see me right now, I would be shaking my head.


Here was my problem.

While, maybe my blood sugar was fine, I think the erythritol messes with your Leptin and Gherlin hormones a little too much for my liking.


Lept, Gherli-What?

Yes, these little guys are your dietary hero and villain.

Leptin being your satiety hormone (“hey, dude, you have had enough-knock off the meat platter”).

Gherlin being the “gremlin” that attacks your mental fortate with an overwhelming persuasive chant of “feed me, feeeeed mee more, FEEEEEEEED MEEEE”-you get the idea.



So let this be a little warning to my friends. Whether you are trying to limit your carbs, cut your processed foods, eat a more “natural” plate, or just stop eating out; the good angel always has your best interest at heart. And if it sounds too good to be true?.. It probably is.


What is your take on baking blends like Pyure and Swerve?

Have you noticed an increase in appetite?


In Health,

Liz Jackson
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Perfect Keto Chocolate Cinnamon Roll Scones



Long time no recipe guys!!! Between podcasting, starting my new company    and blazing through life like I’m living on rocket-fuel it’s been a tad busy!

BUT… I managed to make a BOMB breakfast for the boys the other morning and I wanted to share!

I am loving the Keto WOE and getting creative when it comes to treats is my “bacon and butta’ “!

This recipe uses a special little ingredient, Grass Fed Collagen Protein. While Collagen isn’t the best muscle building protein, the amino acids are specifically great for joints, ligaments, tendons, healthy hair and tissues. And this protein cooks up without causing dryness like Whey can and also has added MCT (medium chain triglycerides) to give you even more high performing fat burning fuel!

Perfect Keto Chocolate Cinnamon Roll Scones

Scone Base (will be divided)
>3 cups of shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided (1.5 cups each)

>1.5 cups of Almond Flour, divided (generous ¾ cup in one, scant ¾ cup in another)

>1 scoop Perfect Keto Collagen plus MCT protein powder

>4 Tablespoons of Cream Cheese

>2 tsp cocoa powder

> liquid stevia extract to taste (I used 1 dropper full for entire recipe)

> 1 tbsp Baking powder, divided

Filling 1

>1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon

>2 tbsp butter, softened

>2 tsp powdered sweetener such as Swerve


Filling 2

>2 tbsp low sugar all natural peanut butter

>2 tsp coconut oil

> 1/4 tsp maple extract, optional

>1 serving lily’s sugar free chocolate chips




– 2 Tablespoons of cream cheese, softened

> ¼ tsp – ½ tsp maple extract, optional (to taste)

> 4 drops liquid stevia, to taste

>1/2 tbsp butter, softened



  1. Preheat oven to 350. Seperate out the cream cheese and mozzarella cheese into two separate bowls. Divided the almond flour as described above. In the scat ¾ cup almond flour add a scoop of Perfect Keto Collagen plus MCT and ½ tbsp. baking powder and 2 tsp cocoa powder. In the other add in ½ tbsp. baking powder. Stir both well.
  2. In a large bowl, melt first divided mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and if stringy, microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir. Continue this process until melted and of a doughy consistency.
  3. Add in almond flour, and stevia drops mixing in until dough consistency is reached again. Roll into a ball and set aside.
  4. Repeat the above instructions with the remaining cheese, cream cheese mixture, adding in the almond flour, Perfect Keto and cocoa powder mix.
  5. Spread dough 1 out into a rectangle being careful to not to flatten it out too thin, you want to be able to roll it easily.
  6. Spread the softened butter over the top of the crust. Sprinkle cinnamon, sweetener, evenly over the dough.
  7. Carefully, roll up, lengthwise, into a log. Set aside.
  8. Repeat steps with dough 2, spreading into a rectangle.
  9. Then melt peanut butter, coconut oil and maple extract in microwave for 15 seconds. Stir. Spread over the surface of the dough. Add in the chocolate chips placing throughout the dough. Carefully, roll up, lengthwise, into a log.
  10. Place both logs next to each other and carefully braid them together, then turning into a circle. (this picture below was taken AFTER baking)

20170713_10304411.Bake for 20 minutes, approx… PLEASE WATCH CLOSELY! Oven temperatures and altitudes cause a variation. Take out, and let cool for 5 minutes.

12.Glaze as desired and cut into 8-10 equal sized scones. Enjoy!



Here’s a direct link to the Keto Collagen page:
Also – Use code KETO15 so everyone can get it for 15% off 🙂


*store in the fridge for up to 1 week
Calories              281
Carbs                    8g
Fiber                     3g
Sugar                    1g
Fat                       24g
Saturated Fat        9g
Protein                15g

Keto ON!

Liz Jackson


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Liz Jackson

The Elephant in the Room

I hope you managed to see my previous post that is the precursor to this post!

But just in case you missed it…

This won’t make sense if you don’t listen to the podcast so here is your homework:


I have been brooding about this topic for at least a week; questioning whether I should write about it or not and I find myself convincing myself not to and then again finding myself convincing myself I must. What a predicament! 

This topic is touchy, tricky and will probably hit you somewhere between offended or reflective and I apologize in advance.

When I first started listening to this podcast I told myself to have an open mind and really listen to the words, stories and explanations. I digested the ideas, feelings and information over and over and I just can’t wrap my head around a few things (which probably why I am here…).  While there are a couple issues discussed in the podcast that I don’t quite agree with, like the ORU “scandal” ,those really aren’t the focus of my post today and I don’t go over them.

Listening as someone that is not overweight I am indeed “on the outside looking in” but I think there is something missing from this segment; the part where this isn’t just about being “fat”. The guests on the podcast give you the general feeling that ALL people that aren’t fat judge people that are, considering them less worthy of normal manners or sympathies because of their weight.  They tell you to stop “fat shaming them” or telling them how wrong they are about their life because we don’t really “care” about their health. Going further to express that, in reality, we just find them gross or negligent or lazy when that may or may not be the actual case-and that it truly isn’t any of our business anyway.

I am going to stop short of going full on “politics” as things like: The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare and Welfare benefits ALL come to mind because they are, as a tax paying citizen, INDEED my business and if there happens to be a condition being treated under any of those aforementioned entities caused by the pre-existing condition of unnamed subject then maybe I AM a little miffed.  ANYWAY.

Here is my deal.

I take care to listen to my vessel, keeping health in mind for myself, my family and OUR future…because I want to have one. I call this: Personal Accountability.  Now I do realize that every person has a different amount of personal accountability or a shifted view from what I consider personal accountability and I am here to tell you that it is OK! But don’t assume that I am somehow un-phased, above scrutiny OR an overly judgmental human because I hold MYSELF accountable.

I beg the question, Have you ever been the presumably skinny girl in a group of slightly overweight/obese or otherwise unfit individuals? That judgmental stigma that is suggested throughout the podcast goes both ways my friends. While there are many that ASSUME that if you are fat you are not fit; there are those that ASSUME that since you are fit you don’t have to try to be that way. I don’t know how many times I have heard, “O, I bet you eat like a mouse!” (in a southern drawl to boot) “Honey, if I had your figure…O well, time will take care of you!”

….No one ever asked about how I was up at 6am to run, in the gym lifting after work or the walk I took after dinner.

….No one ever asked about how I took the time to understand that I need X many calories in a day and how to properly manage them throughout the day to fuel and not overfill my body.

People ASSUME a LOT (on both sides of this coin), like I don’t have to work to remain HEALTHY (notice I didn’t say thin).

One other thing that strikes me in this podcast is one guests suggestion that “we”( as in thin people) don’t like that fat people (her words, not mine) take up more room in on an airplane, in a restaurant or _____ (you get the idea). Well… I hate to sound-rude. BUT, I think it is kind of rude to expect it to be ok for you to spill over into my seat making my trip even more cramped than it already has to be (we are talking coach seats people, I ain’t rich) and then expecting me to just roll with it and not be a little annoyed.  What if we swapped? Would you be ok with me taking up my seat and half of yours? This isn’t judgment; this is showing decency and courtesy towards others and personal space (I paid $ for my seat too…)am I wrong to want to expect my personal space to be respected?

I think the thing that frustrates me is this stigma that this “judgment” only goes one way; I am here to tell you that it doesn’t.  I have been the subject of much scrutiny for being thin (ASSUMED with no effort at all or not eating at all), considered unintelligent for being a blonde-and considered even more so by being blonde AND being young…er than others (though I am losing that one quickly), eyed suspiciously for not helping myself to a “all you can stuff” free food bonanza at work and considered extreme and radical for carving out time to go the gym several times a week. I’ve been told I am too skinny, too muscular, too fat (yes, that has happened), too fit, ugly.  I have been told this straight to my face and I am expected to take it in stride and not be offended. BUT if I told someone that they are overweight, obese or fat to their face….things like this podcast happen (by the way, I would never tell someone that with intention to hurt them).

It is mentioned in the podcast that there are MANY considerations to take in when you are looking at someone’s weight; genetics is one. I get that, some of us are pre-destined to have bigger bones, carry our weight in our hips or around our waist more easily. Some of us have broad shoulders and long legs. Some of us are born under 10lbs and have a fair chance at being healthy, active, whole-spiritually, mentally and physically even if that doesn’t  necessarily equate to being  thin- O wait, that is 99% of us.

Another that needs consideration is medical conditions that cause unintentional weight gain…and even weight loss. I can agree that it is impossible to know what a person is combating in a snapshot of time while we pass them on the street or see them in the store. But that also brings us back to assumptions. Assumptions are a dangerous thing and often hurtful thing!

However, I will venture to say that there are MORE conditions or diseases caused BY weight gain than weight gain caused by conditions/deseases.

The socio-economical factor is actually more detrimental and foreshadowing than the “genetics card” or even the “medical card” in my mind; I am talking about habits, lifestyles and education levels.

If you grow up in a family that knows nothing about nutrition, does everything in its power to play to convenience and simplicity (taking the elevator vs. the stairs, eating out at Italian buffet vs. cooking at home) and doesn’t at least make a small effort to be healthy then it makes perfect sense that you, your parents and their parents…and their parents’ parents are all overweight. What I call the domino effect occurs naturally within the family unit and it truly answers the statement, “I don’t know why I am overweight”- you’ve never known how NOT to be.

On the flip side, if you grow up in a family that puts at least small efforts into staying active, eating for nutrition; planting seeds of knowledge about both of those things (or effort to that affect, even if it’s misled or false information)-it makes perfect sense that you would be relatively trim, athletically built and have more endurance. It also answers the question (that you might have a hard time answering), “How do I stay healthy?”-you’ve never known how NOT to be.

I do not believe it is overly difficult to stay HEALTHY (notice I didn’t say skinny) and I personally have no ill feelings towards anyone that has a six pack of abs or not a single one-as long as you are indeed HEALTHY.

And here in lies my question; are you? Be honest. Are you HEALTHY?
Do you take the time to learn about different types of foods, what is considered healthy vs. not healthy? I am not even suggesting that you HAVE to exercise but are you able to walk up a few flights of stairs if needed without feeling like you need oxygen or able to walk the dog and enjoy it without being overly winded? What if your child wants to play tag or run around the house, can you accommodate them or are you more apt to turn them towards the TV or video game? Do you take medication for conditions that could possibly become unnecessary with less fat in your diet, losing a little weight or being a little more active? Don’t misconstrue my intention. I am not telling you that you are less or more for your answers here, I am simply asking for self-reflection.  If you answered yes to the “healthy” question- GREAT! I don’t care if you are thin, fat or somewhere in the middle-as long as you FEEL and ARE HEALTHY.

See, I reject this idea that I don’t “care” about an overweight individual. I care. I care more than just about your physically appearance. How are you feeling mentally? Are you HAPPY (and I am here to tell you that thinking you’ll be happier skinnier is a fallacy that needs to DIE)? Are you indeed HEALTHY-in a way that you feel good about?  How is your family; are is your KIDS healthy and happy-are you striving and able to give them a good start to a FAIR fight for a decent future?

The answers (to all my questions posed here) will be multifaceted and everyone will have a different interpretation of what is whole and healthy for THEM. And you know what? That is OK.

I want you to understand something. Some of the most gentle, caring, BEAUTIFUL souls I know couldn’t fit into a size small, or a medium for that matter, and I couldn’t care one iota about it.  Those wonderful few that I allow close enough to know me well enough to understand that I have no true malice towards just about anyone no matter their shape have given me the chance to love them without prejudice and I am thankful for the opportunity.

I think what I am trying to do is ask for something.  Give me some credit, a chance to prove that every person that I come in contact with comes to me on a level field. Whether you run 10 miles a day or eat McDonalds for every meal, I meet you with ZERO presumptions or assumptions-do me that same honor. I can’t speak for everyone, nor do I try to (and I definitely don’t want to) but I know my head and I know my heart.

As my friends (whether we are friends or strangers it really makes no difference) thick or thin, fit or fat-you are not judged by me, I am much more interested in your whole health and your whole heart.

To Whole Health with my Whole Heart,